Issues: Health

Unyts TO COLLECT DONATIONS AT WYOMING COUNTY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ON JULY 23RD

SENATOR GALLIVAN SPONSORS WYOMING COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) will serve as Honorary Chairman of the Wyoming County Community Blood Drive on July 23.  Unyts will collect blood donations between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Wyoming County Community Hospital at 400 North Main Street in Warsaw.

July 23, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act Press Conference

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on July 17th in White Plains to announce that they would propose legislation that would protect New York women in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby which limits the scope of contraceptive mandate and results in the loss of insurance coverage for prescription contraceptive for many women. The Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act would require employers both to give current employees 90 days’ notice before changing contraceptive coverage and to notify prospective employees of any contraceptive coverage they offer their employees.  

July 19, 2014
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RITCHIE INVITES ST. LAWRENCE RESIDENTS TO ‘SHED THE MEDS’

Teams with County Sheriff, Ogdensburg PD to Host Free Prescription Drug Disposal Event July 22nd 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting residents of St. Lawrence County to clean out their medicine cabinets and drawers and bring their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medicines to a special event for free, safe disposal.

Senator Ritchie is teaming with St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells and the Ogdensburg Police Department to sponsor the free event next Tuesday, July 22, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Ogdensburg Fire Station, 718 Ford Street.

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“Nearly everyone has leftover, unwanted or expired prescription drugs lying somewhere around the house,” Senator Ritchie said. “But these pills can pose a danger to children and pets, they can find their way into the hands of pill abusers, and improper disposal threatens our water, lakes and streams. Events like this allow people to get rid of unneeded medicine in a safe and responsible way.”

“Pill abuse has been directly linked to the growing problem of heroin usage across the US, and there have been a number of stories nationally involving abusers who break into homes, especially those belonging to seniors, in search of unused drugs,” said Sheriff Wells. “Properly disposing of drugs you no longer need or want helps keep these pills from getting into the wrong hands."

July 16, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Announces Funding Grant for New Women’s Wellness Program at Riverdale Senior Services

RIVERDALE, NY -  State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 grant he secured for Riverdale Senior Services that will go towards a newly created Women’s Wellness program open to women across the Bronx.

 

July 14, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $40,000 TO PROVIDE ANTI-DRUG ABUSE COUNSELING, EDUCATION IN CNY SCHOOLS

Funding Will Expand Programs to All Oswego County School Districts  

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $40,000 to restore anti-drug abuse counseling and education programs to all school districts in Oswego County.    

July 10, 2014
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Senator Farley Offers Information on Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease continues to spread throughout New York State. Since 1986, about 100,000 cases have been confirmed in New York. It seems that everyone has had a personal experience with Lyme Disease or knows someone who has been infected with this illness, which in some cases can be seriously debilitating.

The New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases has just issued an important report and action plan designed to enhance research, prevention, diagnosis and treatments for harmful tick-borne illnesses. The report’s recommendations focus on the need for:

     • Additional research and data about past, current and future disease trends;

     • Increased public awareness as the diseases spread to new communities;

July 9, 2014
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TAKING CAUTION AGAINST TICKS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 7, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Announce $250,000 in Funding to Expand Education Campaign on Endometriosis

BRONX, NY – State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Top Chef Host and Co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Padma Lakshmi announced $250,000 in funding secured by Senator Klein to support an education campaign aimed at raising awareness around endometriosis, a painful, and often undiagnosed disorder

June 30, 2014
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NBLCA Raises Hepatitis C Awareness

I joined members of the Rochester chapter of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS to help launch a campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in our community. The NLBCA's campaign is seeking to improve testing and provide a better linkage to care for those who test positive. For more information visit www.nblca.org

June 30, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Passes Bill Banning Smoking Around After-School Programs

Legislation Inspired by Local Bronx After-School Program Passes in the State Senate

June 26, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DAVID J. VALESKY ON PASSAGE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION

I supported this legislation because I believe it is about compassionate care, and will provide comfort and relief to people with serious medical conditions.

June 25, 2014
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Senator Valesky Partners with Oneida YMCA and Red Cross for Blood Drive

SYRACUSE--Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is partnering with the American Red Cross for a special “Communities That Care” blood drive on Friday, June 27, from 12:00 p.m.

June 23, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT PASSAGE

Statement by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) on Today’s Compassionate Care Vote:

June 20, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Announces Passage of New York's Compassionate Care Act

Senator Montgomery announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State. The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.

Senator Montgomery is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which was passed by both the Senate and Assembly on June 20, 2014.

The bill passed by the State Legislature and supported by Governor Cuomo will:

• Establish a certification and registry process for physicians to administer medical marijuana;

• Put in place a process for patients to obtain, and manufacturers to dispense, medical marijuana;

June 20, 2014
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Senator LaValle & Task Force Call on Centers For Disease Control to Address the Lyme and Tick-Born Disease Epidemic

June 20, 2014 – Co-Chair Senator Ken LaValle and the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force have passed a resolution in the Senate today calling on the federal government to reevaluate guidelines and allocate additional funding related to Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

Senator LaValle said, “We in The Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and  Tick-Borne Diseases recognize this epidemic  as a pressing public health crisis, and have initiated steps  to  create  a  comprehensive  statewide response.  We need the Centers For Disease Control to focus and react in the same manner.”

June 20, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader, Announces Senate Approval for New York State Medical Marijuana Program

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State.

Prior to voting for the bill, Senator Stewart-Cousins said, “I hope that everyone who has taken the time, pushed this rock up the hill, understands that we could never have done it without you. Our hats off, much gratitude. Let’s get this done.”

The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.

June 20, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Remarks on Compassionate Care Act

On the last day of Session, Democratic Conference Leader explaining her support of the medical marijuana bill, also known as the Compassionate Care Act, telling a story of a long-time friend whose husband had to go to California to receive relief for his illness.. and how this shouldn't have had to happen.

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN STATEMENT ON MEDICAL MARIHUANA

The debate on whether New York State should authorize the use of medical marihuana has been extensive and often emotional.  After hearing from constituents, medical experts and reviewing the latest research, I now believe that limited use of marihuana for seriously ill patients under a doctor’s care is justified and warranted.

June 20, 2014
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